Hamilton Tiger-Cats add secondary depth with Rountree, Herzog


Published January 17, 2023 at 11:01 am

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats depth to its secondary by adding American RJ Rountree and Canadian Zach Herzog, the CFL club announced on Tuesday.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been fairly quiet this offseason, but we finally got some local football news on Tuesday when the CFL club announced two defensive backs have signed deals: American RJ Rountree and Canadian Zach Herzog.

Rountree, 24, played 11 games in his only season at Virginia Union University (2022), registering 35 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, one interception, and two blocked kicks.


The 6-foot, 195-pound native of Silver Spring, Maryland, began his collegiate career at Concord University (2016-17), where he played one game in 2017 after redshirting his first year on campus.

Rountree also played six games over one season at Bowie State University (2019), registering two total tackles before transferring to Virginia Union.

Herzog, 28, spent training camp with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2022) after initially being selected by the club in the seventh round, 63rd overall of the 2022 CFL Draft.

The 5-foot-9, 192-pound native of Windsor, Ontario, played 30 games over five seasons at Hillsdale College (2017-21), registering 244 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions.

Herzog earned First Team All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference honours in 2019.

The 2023 CFL free agency period will officially begin on Feb. 14, 2023, at 12:00 p.m. Pending free agents and teams can negotiate offers starting Feb. 5.

The new season officially kicks off on June 8, culminating in the 110th Grey Cup on Nov. 19 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.

The Ticats play their regular season opener on June 9, in Winnipeg.

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